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Old 06-22-2009, 11:06 PM   #16
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Old 06-22-2009, 11:16 PM   #17
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Day two, Denio is the destination. Across the playa we go chasing the orange lights we saw the night before. We still have no idea what they were. I'm not exactly sure at first what we're gonna run into or even sure if I will be able to find the trail off the end of the playa...



Up into the monkey dunes and across to the old windmill...









Up into the canyon...



Practically groomed...



Gay cola at the shepherd's cabin...





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Old 06-23-2009, 09:20 AM   #18
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Denio is in sight from our high perch, we're at 7000+ feet up here:







The only other people we saw out here today. UTV loaded with firewood and adorned with Confederate flags. Before they showed up I think I heard a gunshot. Probably plinking jackrabbits...



Debate ensues here whether we should press on into Denio thru the rain or turn back to Fields. We're about halfway between both with Fields looking like the drier of the two...



We had a loop planned outside of Denio that none of us had ridden so we hope for the best and press south for burgers and hopefully a dry ride later. We DID get a little wet coming in...



Where's Waldo? Can you spot the ADV sticker?



It wasn't too cold just yet, but it wasn't warming/drying up much either...



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Old 06-23-2009, 10:48 AM   #19
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Awesome, awesome, and more awesome.

Great report and photos!
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Old 06-23-2009, 10:56 AM   #20
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I love these reports.
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Old 06-23-2009, 12:57 PM   #21
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Day one finish and Day Two start from my view. We made great time and the sights were more than beautiful, someone said sensory overload and that's about right. If I stopped to take pictures everytime I saw some beauty I still be there!!

I just love these 650R lofting pictures, Brad as usual...



Water stop at the spring.








The riding is sweet, and I am in heaven; the next thing I know as I'm daydreaming along we're in Fields. Beer, booze, and some snacks are packed noth to find a camp spot.





As were headed north the playa comes into view and the feeling is undiscribable.



After much discussion and little driving around looking for camp spots we conclude that the playa near the springs is the most desired, it was a GREAT choice.













Jimbo isolating, due to Gregs reported snoring.




I was the only one without one of these cool chairs and I felt left out. It would turnout that packing my rainfly was a better choice!! More on that later .






My humble abode for the evening.



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Old 06-23-2009, 01:21 PM   #22
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Sad to break camp but eager to get to riding we head east with the consensus to have lunch in Denio NV. The best riding so far; powerlines, monkey dunes, water, endless views, steep knarly fullblown washed out rocky climbs (many), desert washes, top of the world views, high speed gravel.
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Lunch in Denio was well deserved and that place had the weirdest gathering of charachters I've ever seen in one place; ourselves excluded.






We eat have a few beers then blow north back to Fields for the night...




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Old 06-23-2009, 04:04 PM   #23
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...sigh...

You bastiges are really starting to get under my skin, dammit!!

My heart aches when I see all the wide open spaces in your reports and I feel a burning desire to be there, also.

I think there's a 4-day'er looming in the not-too-distant future...like, say, Labor Day?


Keep `em coming!



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Old 06-23-2009, 04:11 PM   #24
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Awesome. Colorado has some amazing riding but there is something about that high desert of Oregon that has awakened a deep desire to explore there that must soon be quenched.
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Old 06-23-2009, 07:09 PM   #25
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Little late to the show. Here's some of my perspective.

Like Stroup says, we got an early start Thursday



and found Jim and Brad surrounded by geologists at Green Mtn. Hunting shit rocks no doubt.
Down to the Chevron for gas and feed then take off for Plush.

We're running right along. Brad in front, me, Jim and Jim.
We crest a small rise and I stop to get an eye on the Jims. Nothing. Hmmm. Cooling heels taking in the big vistas.
Happen to look down and notice the front tire doesn't look like it should. Gah! Time to get to it.
Fixed and on our way.

This is pretty much how Brad spent most of the ride.



He and Stroup...the dueling 650's.

The flat tire put us back a little so it's the fast road to Plush.
Big gravel, it's a haul but the rolling hills and views are
nice to look at along the way and there's not a whole lot to it so
we're in Plush by 12:30 and snarf down some frozen garbage burritos
even though it looks like they've got the grill going again.

A raging debate ensues over whether to beer now or later. We commit to
make Fields and sleep near the playa tonight so we leave Plush with
full tanks belching chimichanga juice.

Good riding up the escarpment towards the Hart Mountain field camp.



where we watch this neat looking helicopter pick something up.
That pilot was so good. He had a hook dangling from the end of the line
and put it right into the hand of the guy on the ground who didn't even
have to reach or anything. Skills.




KMA and Stroup across a dry lake bed heading for Fields.





Concern arises that we may not make Fields before closing.
A call quells our concern and we keep a brisk pace.

We pick up some water along the way and turn south to connect with what is now known as KMA Road.
It's a nice rocky track in places and puts us at the top of Long Hollow in no time at all and we're in Fields before closing.
Phew!

Sandy and Tom who run the place are A+ people and get us taken care of so we're on our way up to the playa for a soak.

The jet wash knocked me on my keister.



We manage to find the Perfect Spot on the playa to setup camp then hasten to the spring for a soak.
It's not an unpopular attraction and is already occupied but everyone's welcome and we join in the cook out.
It's a good topper to the scenic overload and we head back to our corner of the playa to end the day.
I encountered One disoriented mosquito.

Playa camping is like none other. It is CLEAN and FLAT. It is the BEST!


Dawn. Breaks and I am up. Quiet and clear.
Today we are making a loop East into the mountains eventually arriving to Denio for lunch.
But first we need a morning wake up soak and after breakfast we ride over to the spring to meet a couple more of our neighbors.


The hills above the hot spring.


Someone left the cork out of the feeder and the open air tub is about 163 F so we're relegated to the tin confines of the other tub.
Which is occupied by a congenial lady.
He's had his fill and sits on the bench waiting for her.
I ask where they've been and he challenges me to name someplace they haven't. I can't.
We chat and learn they've been pretty much everywhere and are finally heading home after 9 months on the road.
They travel in two rigs which she claims is what makes this type of excursion possible.
Per the norm for this trip they are nice folks and we enjoy the company.
We wrap up our time at the Alvord Hot Spring and return to break camp and get on with it.

Breaking camp is one of those things that no one likes to do but must be done and so it is.
We get it together and run southeast to the far shore of the playa in hopes of connecting
with a track to take us into the mountains.
Brad and Stroup divine the path amongst the alkali hummocks and water filled ditches.
KMA and I attempt to keep up and we are soon on track moving along a fair clip.
We get on a nice two track across the valley.


Pseudo Wild horses check us out for a bit before we ascend the powerline track towards
our intended hot spring camp for this night.


I think they were expecting a little more
from us than our awed admiration.


Good views from atop the hills. Looking West back towards Fields. Those clouds look a little...


There's a cairn on a nearby point I go check out. It is composed of a rock that has
an opaque layer fused to it. I grab a little piece and Stroup assesses it as fossilized shit.
Henceforth it is known as Shit Rock. Sandy in Fields later confirms this analysis.
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Old 06-23-2009, 07:13 PM   #26
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Denio was just starting to get really weird in a "David Lynch movie" kind of way according to Leisureclub when we finally saddled up and decided to try our loop. I think we missed our window of opportunity because shortly up the road we all turned tail back to Fields. The rain DID stop for a bit but we were still drinking beers...

Heading back to Fields, these guys got wet, I was five minutes ahead of them and stayed dry!



Back in Fields we started gathering supplies to camp up the road again somewhere when we were presented by Sandy and Tom with a deal we couldn't refuse...



We weren't quite done riding yet so we headed up into the hills above the store for a bit...



Back at the ranch we contemplated the next day's route over beers and shots of various types.

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Old 06-23-2009, 09:32 PM   #27
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AWESOME REPORT!
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:00 PM   #28
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So we're getting pretty close to starting Day 3... right?

Teaser pic:



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Old 06-23-2009, 11:06 PM   #29
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Here's my day 3 tease.

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Old 06-23-2009, 11:35 PM   #30
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